|Colin wished that saucy Sadie would leave the curtains open again...|
"In the dark days before the internet--you know, those times when people hunkered around fires in oil drums, grilling rats just to get by--writers were lonely creatures scribing away in their filthy unkempt hovels, perfecting their pasty Golem-like complexion. Some in the more posh areas of town might be lucky enough to smell one of their brethren and occasionally share a few words of woe over their latest 'great novel.' Some even luckier ones who had access to a library might find a dusty tome that promised how to make you a bestseller. Writing help was like 70s fashion: grim.
- www.freeforums.org. I setup a free forum and make it private so that only the collaborators can use it. This is a great way of communicating details about your project. You can upload work, beta read each other, co-ordinate promotional efforts and generally keep everything together in a tight-nit place. This is the method I use to manage the progress of my City of Hell Chronicles project. There are 7 of us, and anytime I want to communicate something with the group I simple post there and we can discuss it.
- Google Contact List I create a new group specifically for my new tribe/project. I also start a folder/label to keep all the emails together. This means things like sourcing artwork, soliciting outsides services can all be kept together to make managing it easier. It also means that if I want to send an email to the whole group, it's easy. Once all the email addresses in the 'to' box, it makes it easy for each person to 'reply to all' to keep the conversation manageable.
- Twitter For me this is a real lifesaver. Not only is the quickest way to reach some people but it's also a great way of meeting new ones and promoting your project. There are plenty of other articles that can do a better job than I in explaining the best way to use it, but I personally add anyone I'm interested in, and place them into organized lists. This makes managing the timeline and stream of tweets easy to deal with. Everyday I meet someone new, and its just a great immediate way to talk to people. If I have something to discuss about a project, and one of my contributors is on twitter, I'll often discuss it quickly and easily there rather than email.